News items related to ag tech, biotecnologia, comerç ? and perhaps some other interesting topics out there related to agriculture ? will be posted on this page throughout the week (as the week progresses newest items will be in?green?at bottom of sections). ?Check the page during the week for updates.


It goes without saying that the thoughts and support of everyone at GFN are with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey in the US, and of course from natural disasters wherever they may happen around the world. ?The impact on agriculture and food security brought by natural disasters are profound. ?Reliable trade and infrastructure routes are key components to not only daily life, but working through and past catastrophes.

Significant ag losses left in Harvey?s aftermathFeedstuffsBy Krissa Welshans (Aug 30)

The true cost of the disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey won’t be known for many years to come, però sí?s going to be hugeState of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund activated to assist farmers and ranchers.” – Enllaç

A Flying Cowboy Rides to Rescue Cattle Stranded in Harvey?s FloodsThe New York Times?(Sept 3)

The devastating rain put thousands of animals at risk of drowning, but a cowpoke in a helicopter is helping drive them to higher ground.” – Enllaç

i, Florida too

Florida Farmers Brace as Irma Threatens $1.2 Billion of CropsAgWeb/Bloomberg (Sept 7) – Enllaç


At times over the past years, GFN has written about how agriculture has played a unique diplomatic role at some key moments in history. ?Ambaixador Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize, points this out in the current context of today:

Agriculture could be key to easing U.S.-North Korea tensionsThe Des Moines RegisterBy Kenneth M. Quinn (Sept 1)

With so few good options to defuse the current situation over North Korea’s enhanced strategic capabilities, including possible nuclear-weaponized long-range missiles, using agriculture as a vehicle to reduce tensions would seem worth a try.” – Enllaç


Again this week, GFN would also like to highlight the?Golden Rice Project?and its efforts to address severe vitamin A deficiency, which can lead to blindness and other health issues, primarily in children.

The Philippine?Rice?Research Institute (PhilRice) and the International?Rice?Research Institute (IRRI) have submitted an application for a biosafety permit to allow Vitamin A-biofortified (GR2E)?arròs?to be used for food, penso, and processing in the Philippines. A més, IRRI has also applied to include the?arròs?in the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Code (FSANZ) to prevent any trade issues if small amounts of the?arròs?inadvertently end up in shipments of other milled?arròs?imported into Australia/New Zealand.

The governments are both accepting public comments until?14 setembre?and we urge you to all provide comments of support for the applications prior to that deadline. Your comments in support can be directed to the Director of the Bureau of Plant Industry (Filipines) through e-mail at?, and online at? FSANZ (Application Number A1138; Proposal for Food derived from Provitamin A Rice Line GR2E).

More information about the?Golden?Rice?Project that you may find of use in supportive comments can be found online at?òs/faqs?o?òs?moving-forward-philippines.



Trump’s mutiny against trade has some countries worried about their national securityCNBC.comBy Leslie Shaffer (Sept 1)

When President?Donald Trump?walked away from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he set off a series of geopolitical recalculations across Asia.” – Enllaç

Trump hints at pulling out of free trade deal with South KoreaThe Straits Times (Singapur) (Sept 4) – Enllaç

triomf: US considering ‘stopping all tradewith countries doing business with N. Corea – The HillBy Rebecca Savransky (Sept 3) – Enllaç

triomf?s tough trade tactics have negotiators looking at optionsThe Washington TimesBy S.A. Miller (Aug 31)

President?triomf?has rattled?Mèxic?and Canada with his bare-knuckle negotiating style and threats to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement as they enter the second round of talks Friday to redo the three-way trade deal.” – Enllaç

NAFTA envoys lay out proposals, try to block Trump noiseReutersBy Dave Graham, Anthony Esposito (Sept 1)

Teams from the three countries kicked off a second round of talks in Mexico…” – Enllaç?

Russia to cancel lower duties on beef from Brazil and -?By Vladislav Vorotnikov (Sept 1)

Russia?s committee on customs and tariff regulation, headed by the Minister for Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin, has decided to start applying full customs duties on beef imported from Brazil and Paraguay??to get the price of importers in line with the price of domestic producers?.Enllaç

Liam Fox: Britain does not have capacity to strike trade deals nowPolitico EUBy Tom McTague (Sept 5)

“…Britain wants to adopt terms of existing EU trade agreements on temporary basis.” – Enllaç

Japó, U.S. to set up working-level talks on trade, infrastructureJapan Today (Sept 4)

“… will set up at least eight working-level groups this month in such areas as trade and infrastructure under the bilateral dialogue launched in response to President Donald Trump’s campaign vow to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with Japan…” – Enllaç

Canada emerges as a tough negotiator in Nafta talksFox Business / Dow Jones Newswires -?per?William Mauldin, Paul Vieira, Dudley Althaus (Sept 4)?

“…Ottawa has introduced new provisions on labor and the environment that may struggle to gain traction in Washington, and the Canadian negotiators have balked at supporting some less-controversial language that they agreed to in Trans-Pacific Partnership…” – Enllaç


Allow farmers to grow GM maize, scientists pleadDaily Nation (Kenya) – By Julius Sigei (Sept 1)

“…Why are we suffocating our economy by refusing to embrace technology?? – Enllaç

Rajya Sabha panel on GM crops: Why there is more fault-finding than fact-finding despite ICAR?evidenceFinancial Express (Índia) – By Vivian Fernandes (Sept 2)

It is said that for those who believe, no proof is needed, and for those who do not, no proof is possible. Into which category should one slot a parliamentary committee, chaired by Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury, a ?genetically modified crops and their impact on environment??” – Enllaç

How big? A look at the size of beef operationsHigh Plains JournalBy David A. Widmar (Sept 4)

A historical overview of where beef operations have come from and are headingEnllaç

Hi-tech agriculture has to match specific needsViet Nam News (Sept 6)

Hi-tech agriculture has been riding a new wave of investment in recent years, with the Government viewing technology as key to restructuring the sector, achieving food security and improving produce quality.” – Enllaç


NMPF spars with Dannon, Dean Foods, sobre ?rampant fear-based marketing? on GMOsFood Navigator USA -?per?Elaine Watson (Sept 1)

“”Rampant fear-based food marketing” ? most notably from brands touting their non-GMO credentialsis damaging consumer trust and??jeopardizing the safe, sustainable farming practices that have enhanced farm productivity over the last 20 ans? says the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in a new marketing campaign that?s been sharply criticized by leading dairy brands.” – Enllaç

HSUS Seeks Calif. Cage-Free Status for Pork, Veal and EggsAgWeb.comBy Greg Henderson (Sept 2) – Enllaç

GMA: GMO labeling should apply to highly refined oils, sweetenersFood Navigator USA -?per?Elaine Watson (Sept 1)

If consumers are to believe that the food industry is serious about transparency, highly refined oils and sweeteners derived from GM crops must be included in the new bioengineered food standard (the federal GMO labeling law), even if they are indistinguishable from their non-engineered counterparts, says the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).” – Enllaç

The story behind the well-funded opposition to block AquaBounty?s sustainable GMO salmon -?Projecte d'Alfabetització genètica?- per?

Gene-edited camelina cleared by USDACapital PressBy Mateusz Perkowski (Sept 5)

The USDA has determined that a camelina variety that?s gene-edited to increased oil content doesn?t fall under its regulatory jurisdiction.” – Enllaç